In recent years, acrylic nails have earned a little competition: Gel extensions are on the rise as a gentle, less invasive alternative to acrylics. Not only are they easier to apply and remove, but gel extensions are also much more flexible than acrylics, so it’s likely you’ll see less damage to your nail beds if you go the gel route.
Although acrylics and gel extensions look relatively the same, a number of salons favor gels. It depends on personal preference, but generally, gel extensions are a more natural way of extending your nails with less impact on your natural nails. That said, acrylics are typically better for clients who are heavy-handed with their nails, since they are more durable and adhere better to your nails.
If you aren’t sure which technique is best for your lifestyle, consult a nail technician, who can walk you through the pros and cons of both. Either way, it’s always a good idea to go into your appointment with realistic expectations—namely, that your acrylics aren’t going to last longer than two to three weeks and require a decent amount of care.
How Long Are Acrylic Nails Supposed To Last?
While acrylic nails can last a couple of months, it really depends on you and how well you take care of them. If you’re willing to put in the work and time, you can make your sculptured acrylic nails last for as long as your fingernails can safely wear them.
Well, generally, it depends on a few factors, the key ones being how quickly your natural nails grow and how well you take care of them. Acrylic nails are exceptionally strong and with the right care will last 2-3 weeks, after which they will begin to naturally grow out. Without the right care and maintenance, your acrylics can lift, chip or peel sooner than the 2-3 week mark.